Top Chef contestant and Myers + Chang executive chef, Karen Akunowicz is as fiery and fun as her hair. Bubbling with joy and simmering with passion for her craft and her life here in Boston, Akunowicz is proud of her work and honored by her new found celebrity.

The Top Chef took the reigns at Myers in Chang in 2011, but Boston roots run deep run deep for the new Jersey native. She attended UMass Amherst and the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and she has lent her talents to a slew of Boston Restaurants including 10 Tables, Via Matta, and Oleana.

She joined Callie for a conversation about why a women's place is absolutely in the kitchen.